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In the Wild: Residential Camps for Young People affected by Trauma

Free community sector presentation  held on 21 March 2017

Photo Elizabeth Sterling PortraitPsychosocial Benefits of Residential Camps for Young People Living with Cancer

Elizabeth Sterling

For over 30 years CanTeen has been providing psychosocial support to young people living with cancer in the form of residential camps. These camps provide essential peer support and a connection with other young people who have been through similar traumatic experiences. As research into the psychological needs of young cancer survivors increases, the more cancer is being recognized as a form of trauma. Losing a parent to cancer, after witnessing them struggle with an often painful life threatening illness, can contribute to childhood traumatic grief. CanTeen aims to address the psychosocial needs of young people with a variety of cancer experiences through targeted residential camps. Elizabeth Sterling will present on the research and theoretical basis behind residential camps for cancer survivors, as well as bereavement camps for young people who have lost a loved one to cancer.

Photo Lina Ishu PortraitAssisting Recovery from Refugee Trauma: The Important Role of Youth Camps

Lina Ishu

Over the last 25 years, STARTTS’ camps have been providing children and young people from refugee backgrounds with opportunities for positive youth development. It is believed that attending camps supports children and young people to develop supportive relationships with fellow campers and staff, engage in challenging activities, make decisions, and participate in new activities. This presentation will discuss STARTTS’ camp program while reinforcing evidence that such environments help youth to develop social capital and build emotional intelligence.

STARTTS – 1st Floor, 44-50 Auburn St Auburn NSW

Time: 6-8pm

Street parking only. Auburn train station is nearby.